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Friday, August 5, 2016

St. Croix Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession of Firearm

St. Croix, USVI – Winston Curtis Venner, 34, pleaded guilty on August 4, 2016, in federal court on St. Croix to felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, police officers stopped Venner’s vehicle on Rattan Road, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Officers observed and seized a pistol from inside the vehicle. Venner was previously convicted of assault third degree in 2005 in the Virgin Islands Superior Court.

Venner faces a maximum of 10 years of incarceration and a maximum fine of $250,000. A sentencing date has been set for December 7, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

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